The Pinecone Apothecary

  “Sometimes pain is only the messenger. That is the language with which your eternal soul speaks to the one-time person that you are. In the Land of the Mosaic there’s an apothecary who will know how to speak to the free spirit residing within you.” At the height of his success, Julian discovers he has been left without a job. The unrelenting pangs in his chest appear at an increasing frequency. Despite his attempts at recovering, the excruciating pain paralyzes him, and without knowing how and why, he crosses over to the Land of the Mosaic – which has no beginning or end, where all its components are intertwined and are of equal value and importance – in a journey towards the pinecone apothecary who will prepare the remedy that can cure his pain. Julian finds himself in a wooden hut with two people he doesn’t know. Despite his fear, he agrees to go on a journey through the Land of the Mosaic alongside Kelemance, a man who promises to accompany Julian and guide him to the pinecone apothecary. Their travels turn out to be extremely challenging, both mentally and physically, taking them through extreme and threatening situations. From…

Chasing the Prophet by Orson B. Wolf

  What would you do if in order to save all humanity, only one man had to be sacrificed… and that one person were you? As the fear of nuclear attack becomes more real than ever, the key to saving everyone’s lives lies in the courageous relationship between a shy teenager and his loyal dog. Our planet is on the verge of World War III and a cloud of paralyzing fear is drifting in the air. While the leaders of the free world try to find a solution to the continuing crisis, the voice of The Prophet—a mysterious figure that has gathered momentum in the last few years—becomes increasingly louder. The lives of thousands have already been saved thanks to his appearances in the media during which he issues timely warnings against natural disasters and dangerous events. Within an already unstable security situation growing worse due to a deepening recession, an unemployed detective named Paul McBride is invited for a job interview. Paul suspects someone senior is behind this offer, perhaps even the prophet himself. The task given to Paul seems too easy: to follow a shy, introverted high school student named David who is always escorted by Max, his…

THERE WAS A SILENCE: The Novelettes of T. E. Mark – Vol IV
Review , Science Fiction & Fantasy / February 21, 2020

  ‘Four winning stories. A great follow-up to DREAMS INC and NET 2.3.’ Writer’s Intl ‘Nice story movement – great plots.’ The Evening Book Review. -A University of Chicago Neuroscientist, plagued since childhood with visions of a post-apocalyptic Earth, explores the 3rd degree of consciousness to confirm her belief that our world ended in a nuclear holocaust nearly 100 years earlier. THE 3rd DEGREE OF CONSCIOUSNESS -Peyton Webb is unknowingly creating alternate futures with his newest novel. And the survivors of one of those futures are desperately trying to conquer time travel in an effort to send someone back to 2019 to stop him from finishing it. THERE WAS A SILENCE -Capitoline-E is the world’s largest, most illustrious city-state. For those in the restricted sectors, it’s a vast open-air prison and an Orwellian nightmare. When Jin Cress’ family is targeted by the ruling elite, he must choose between his comfortable existence and a battle for the right to control his own mind. BORDERS -In this sensitive, often amusing tale of a failed screenwriter faced with execution over a drug debt, we are invited into Michael Lemont’s world of dreams, inadequacies and his struggle to remain a 17-year-old party guy. Along…

Geminus: A Time Travel Novella
Book Listing , Science Fiction & Fantasy / December 30, 2019

  Time is a fickle thing. Is the future as fixed as the past? Cassie and Helen are twins spawned from a bolt of lightning that struck their mother while she was pregnant, as if from Zeus himself, or so their mother told them. Like millions of other twin’s they share a special bond. However, their bond is unlike any other, for Cassie remembers the future while Helen experiences the present. A fact the girls and their mother have kept secret from the world. As Cassie and Helen head off to college their lives are about to be irrevocably changed forever.

NET 2.3: The Novelettes of T. E. Mark – Vol III
Review , Science Fiction & Fantasy / April 22, 2019

  In Volume Three of his Novelettes, T. E. Mark has delivered four engaging stories with imaginative plots, meaningful themes and clever twists. To prevent her own death and that of her future daughter’s in a mass shooting in 2033, a driven teen hacker has accessed an experimental FBI project and is eliminating every mass killer in NY State 14 years in the future. COROS. A professor of nanotechnology tries to free a young woman, now rendered a captive experiment, who has undergone a startling transformation following a revolutionary procedure to eradicate a brain tumour. ENGINES What is real or merely the appearance of reality is explored in this mind-bending, thriller with a gifted young programmer, on the run from everyone, designing virtual playgrounds for wealthy executives. NET 2.3 In this dramatic tale filled with intrigue and twists, a man must choose between his life and his memories when he’s visited by a mysterious pair of time travellers from Earth’s future. TIME AGAIN ‘The author’s imagination and unique story design made reading this a delightful experience.’ Writer’s Intl.     Great writer. Great storyteller. Fans of Sci-Fi will love this! Forty-some years ago my uncle gave me a science fiction…

The Virtual Lookalike
Review , Science Fiction & Fantasy / April 13, 2019

  Somewhere in Israel, a mysterious explosion underneath the massive, recently-built Taylor Institute obliterates the building and triggers a search and rescue that uncovers strange and unexpected events. Four men tasked with solving the mystery join forces on a quest of epic proportions. What follows is a deep spiritual search and discovery that has the potential to shatter our beliefs of our world and our universe. As the men try to unearth the clues that may lead to the missing scientists’ disappearance, a powerful and unique set of computers is discovered. Through the use of these machines the men, with the help of computer experts, try to recreate the last moments before the explosion. What they discover instead will shock and transform them. Israel, a mysterious explosion: * Just what were the scientists trying to create in their secret lab? * Did they succeed? Follow the team, led by Arik and Yaron, and overseen by the powerful Mr. Taylor, as they uncover clues to solve the grand puzzle, and embark on a thought-provoking journey of self-discovery that applies to everyone who has questions about our universe. The Virtual Lookalike is a fascinating philosophical science-fiction novel, in which the invention of a…

Talamk an Eisc: Nordic Landing: Book One of the Celtic Rings Series

  One thousand years ago, Norsemen sailed across the Atlantic from the Emerald Isle in search of new lands. They found Talemk an Eisc, rich in timber and farmland. But war with the native population raged for thirty years. Now a fragile truce has been put in place, but forces are seeking to reignite the conflict, and a killer stalks the land. Now four very different people – a Farmer, a Merchant, a Warrior and a Thief – must work together the preserve the peace. But how can they, when no one trusts the other? Based on a historical account of Vikings traveling to Newfoundland, this tale features fantasy, adventure, suspense, and plenty of action!   REVIEW A well-crafted action-packed adventure! Reviewed By Piaras O Cionnaoith for Emerald Book Reviews Author K.D. Carter weaves a well-crafted historical fantasy. The story had every element a good story should have. A solid and captivating plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. There’s plenty of imagery in the writing style that makes you feel like you are right there in the story, and that’s something I really look for in a good book. The book…

The Far Sighted: The Novelettes of T. E. Mark
Review , Science Fiction & Fantasy / February 19, 2019

  The Novelettes of T.E. Mark contains five clever, thought-provoking, and imaginative stories written by the consummate 21st-century storyteller. Each is unique, fresh, profound and richly thematic. A man who wants his wife to think more like him thus has her brain remapped mirroring his own. The government’s attempts to exploit a gifted boy who can see through the eyes of others. A man given an unsympathetic choice: die within a week or relive his life without his beloved wife and children. An idealistic journalist who tries to educate the lower classes about their world but finds himself joining them and learning the truth about his own. These are world-class stories written by a writer with a searching imagination and gift for making relevant statements in everything he writes.       It’s been a while since I enjoyed a book this much! Reviewed By Piaras O Cionnaoith for Emerald Book Reviews Forty-some years ago my uncle gave me a science fiction anthology. It was a thick red hardback that I read from cover to cover. It inspired a lifelong love of the genre. The stories in that book made me think outside the box. They filled me with awe…

DREAMS INC.: The Novelettes of T. E. Mark – Vol II
Science Fiction & Fantasy / February 4, 2019

  T. E. Mark delivers with his new anthology of Novelettes offering five fresh, thoughtful and engaging stories. Employing rich themes and the unique story design he has pioneered, Mark reaches deeper into character and extends himself with more compelling and complex plots. In a world where dreams are administered artificially by Dreams Inc, and no one sleeps, people are losing interest in reality – opting instead for their manufactured dream worlds. A woman unleashes a demon when she follows the recommendation of her sentient machine companion by installing a revolutionary AI programming language. A profound story with a dark and refined grittiness to it. Bobby Bright is 17. He’s remote, a gifted design student and a puzzle to everyone. When Annabeth Bachman, a passionate young therapist, uncovers what Bobby’s been working on, her world, his and ours will change forever. A neuronthologist is tasked with extracting the memories of a 17-year-old resistance fighter who can hyper-accelerate – move through solid matter when he’s caught inside a Pentagon general’s house stealing a top-secret war plan. Pinnacle is the future. A future where art and music are unlawful. An austere future where people only see in black and white. And in…

Arcadia’s Children: The Fyfield Plantation
Science Fiction & Fantasy / February 1, 2019

  Continuing the story line of Arcadia’s Children: Samantha’s Revenge, this futuristic sci-fi tale brings back Mick Tarmy and a cast of characters guaranteed to create a fascinating journey to destroy a plantation dedicated to growing zuka milk, which produces a powerful narcotic street drug. The Great Ones, who use the drug to raise funds for their war against humanity, will go to any lengths to stop Mick, his cohorts Claire Hyndman and Nonie Tomio, from their mission. Journey through a world filled with aliens, robots and clones in this book that is a cracking good read for all ages.   REVIEW Another well-crafted sci-fi fantasy sequel. Reviewed By Piaras O Cionnaoith for Emerald Book Reviews Author Andrew R. Williams weaves another fantastic sci-fi fantasy with intriguing twists and turns that will easily captivate the reader’s attention from the opening page. The author paints an exciting and adventurous story of aliens, robots and clones in a very vivid and convincing way. In addition, the characters are drawn with great credibility and integrity. The story had every element a good story should have. An exciting plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. There’s…